Umbilicoplasty, Belly Button Repair

Men and women across the globe are turning to umbilicoplasty to reshape their belly button, promoting a more natural, smoother look and feel. The belly button is the scar caused by the umbilical cord at birth, sometimes resulting in an “outie.” In some cases, an “outie” can indicate a small hernia that can occur later in life, or in women during or after pregnancy. Another fairly common reason for a outie is dramatic weight loss. Or maybe it was damaged due to jewelry (belly button ring) or injury. Either way, the Umbilicoplasty procedure is a very straightforward process where extra skin from the belly button area is removed to reshape the belly button. Usually there are no scars since the incision is usually made inside the navel.

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Benefits of Umbilicoplasty:

    • Corrects belly button bulges and irregularities
    • Restores a more natural ­looking appearance
    • Little to no downtime
    • Minimal scarring
    • Safe, quick and effective procedure

Depending on the severity of the problem, an umbilicoplasty is a simple procedure that is usually performed in less than one hour in the comfort of our office, using under local anesthesia. There should be little to no discomfort after the surgery, which will involve either removal of the skin around the belly button or incisions in and around it to alter its shape. Since the sutures are designed to dissolve on their own, you will be able to resume your regular activities in 24 to 48 hours. Bruising, swelling and pain are usually quite mild, and since the incision is usually hidden inside the navel, there is no visible scarring. An umbilicoplasty can also be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck.

This procedure designed to improve the appearance of the belly button. Extreme issues like the ones mentioned in this site, can be fixed with this procedure, as well as those piercings which have developed an unsightly skin “hood” along the top of the belly button, due to weight changes and pregnancies.

It seems like such a small detail, but once the belly button is repaired, the appearance of the entire abdomen and torso will improve. Piercings are not the only problems facing belly buttons today. This tender area often becomes misshapen due to pregnancy, hernias, weight gain and weight loss and other factors, including aging. In some cases, clients just don’t like the belly button they were born with, and this can be remedied as well.

    • Patients must arrange for a family member or friend to drive them home after surgery.
    • Wear the compression garment for 2 days without removal. After 3 days, the garment can be removed and placed back on. Patients must wear the garment for 3 weeks.
    • Patients may shower when they are comfortable. Baths should be avoided for 2 weeks. Hot tubs should be avoided until the incisions have closed.
    • Keep treatment area as clean as possible to prevent infection.
    • Patients should rest for the first 12 hours after surgery. Walking is encouraged immediately but strenuous exercise (lifting weights, aerobics, running) should be avoided for 2­-3 weeks.
    • Patients may be discolored and swollen, so it’s recommended to rest for at least 24 hours. Swelling can last up to 2-­4 weeks.
    • If patients experience nausea, stick to dry crackers and carbonated sodas. If not, patients may start slowly with bland food and liquids. Drink plenty of water.
    • Alcohol combined with medication is dangerous, so carefully follow instructions with your medication.
    • Patients should not smoke for at least 14 days after surgery.
    • In order to ensure best results, follow all instructions from the doctor and his staff and visit us for your postoperative appointment(s).

“I’ve had my belly pierced three times. It’s so horrible looking; such a huge regret! I really wish it would look like those normal belly piercings, but my body rejected it the first time. I let it heal and then got it done again a few months later and it was rejected again! After it healed this time, it looked really bad, there was a dark circle about half an inch above the belly button. I thought that I would get it pierced again to cover up the scar, and that lasted me for about two years. But just last night, it rejected again; leaving me with two hills of skin and a valley in between where the missing skin. It looks like two fangs sticking up with the hole in between! I’m so glad I found Dr. Giraldo who fixed my belly button! You can’t even tell I EVER had it pierced!” -Gina B

Does insurance cover the surgery?

If you are having the surgery done for health/medical reasons, it may be covered by your insurance. If not, it is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. We can also finance your cosmetic procedures in our office.

Who is a good candidate for Umbilicoplasty?
You may be a candidate if you:

  • Have an “outie” bellybutton and would like an “innie”
  • Have had a hernia and have a protruding bellybutton
  • Have gave birth and have a protruding bellybutton
  • Have a large belly button
  • Have had a belly button piercing ripped out or stretched
  • Have had dramatic weight loss and have loose sagging skin that folds over
  • Have had abdominoplasty or liposuction
  • Have a bulgy or irregular shape belly button
  • Would like to restore your confidence
  • Have had a hernia and needs repaired

How much does it cost?
The cost is different depending on the extent of the repair for each individual. During your initial consultation Dr. Giraldo will assess your bellybutton and discuss how to fix it.

Will I be awake during the surgery?
Belly button repair can be done under local or general anesthesia. Typically the surgery can be done in about one hour with local anesthesia. If you’re having liposuction as well as umbilicoplasty, you will be under anesthesia.

What can I expect after the procedure?
You can resume your daily routine the day following the surgery with a light duty work load. Avoid exercise or physical activity for one week. Also avoid heavy lifting, bending over or straining. This will help decrease the risk of additional swelling and prolonged healing time.

What kind of anesthesia is used?
Dr. Giraldo uses local anesthesia with mild sedation.

Where does Dr. Giraldo perform the umbilicoplasty?
Dr. Giraldo performs his surgeries in our surgical center in Cranberry Township.

How long does the umbilicoplasty take?
Umbilicoplasty surgery usually take about 1 hour.

Will I have scars after my belly button repair?
All surgeries create scars, but the incision will be hidden inside the new belly button.